Here's What Americans Spend On Weddings (It's The Most In The World!)

As a listener, you've probably heard the story of how Boo and I had a "flash mob" wedding. If you haven't, I'd like to state that if we did anything criminal, the statute of limitations has expired.

Boo and I wanted to get married on the beach on which she grew up. It's a private beach and we didn't want to spend the money to reserve a spot of what would be a small, quick wedding involving immediate family. So we literally walked out on the beach with a wedding official, took each other hands, said vows we had written, and signed a book carried by the wedding official who had agreed to our devious plan.

Then we had lunch!

So you can imagine my shock when I saw how much Americans actually SPEND on weddings.

The Knot has just come out with their 2019 Global Weddings Report, surveying over 20,000 couples in 14 countries, to find out the differences in wedding costs, traditions and more. The findings are pretty interesting. 

Overall, couples in the U.S. by far spend the most on their big day, an average of $29,200. Although the study does find that while most folks in India will spend between $15K and $22K, about 20% of the population will actually spend more than $45,000. As for the country where they’ll spend the least, that’s Colombia. The average couple will spend only $3,300, and that’s for 91 guests.

Countries Spending The Most (On Average) On Weddings

  1. United States ($29,200)
  2. Spain ($23,400)
  3. Italy ($22,500)
  4. Canada ($21,900)
  5. UK ($19,200)
  6. France ($17,600)
  7. Portugal ($16,700)
  8. Mexico ($8,600)
  9. Peru ($7,700)
  10. Chile ($7,400)

Other interesting findings from the survey:

  • 74% of couples in all countries will go on a honeymoon.
  • 97% of couples in Spain will serve alcohol at their wedding, while only 89% of those in the U.S. do, with those in India the least likely at 22%.
  • 53% of those in the U.S. will use a wedding hashtag, something only 3% of couples in France do.
  • In the U.S. and Canada it takes an average of 14 months to plan a wedding, while it takes 11 to 12 months in Western Europe, with Colombia having the shortest time frame of seven months.

Source:The Knot

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